Pindosis & Brits Continue to Actively Participate in Toad War Crimes, Targeting of Yemeni Civilians
Glenn Greenwald, Intercept, Oct 10 2016
Photo: Osama Abd’ul-Rahman/ AP
From the start of the hideous Toad bombing campaign against Yemen 18 months ago, two countries have played active, vital roles in enabling the carnage: Pindostan & Britain. The atrocities committed by the Toads would have been impossible without their steadfast, aggressive support. The Obama administration “has offered to sell $115b worth of weapons to the Toads over its eight years in office, more than any previous administration,” as The Guardian reported this week, and also provides extensive surveillance technology. As The Intercept documented in April:
In his first five years as president, Obama sold $30b more in weapons than Bush 43 did during his entire eight years as C-in-C.
Most important, according to the Toad foreign minister (Adel al-Jubeir – RB), although it is the Toads who have ultimate authority to choose targets:
British and Pindosi military boxtops are in the command and control center for Toad airstrikes on Yemen … They have access to lists of targets.
In sum, while this bombing campaign is invariably described in Western media outlets as “Toad-led,” Pindostan & Britain are both central, indispensable participants. As the NYT editorial page put it in August:
Pindostan is complicit in this carnage.
Britain bears much responsibility for this suffering.
From the start, the Toads have indiscriminately and at times deliberately bombed civilians, killing thousands of innocent people. From Yemen, Iona Craig and Alex Potter have reported extensively for The Intercept on the widespread civilian deaths caused by this bombing campaign. As the Toads continued to recklessly and intentionally bomb civilians, the Pindosi and British weapons kept pouring into Riyadh, ensuring that the civilian massacres continued. Every once in a while, when a particularly gruesome mass killing made its way into the news, Obama and various British boxtops would issue cursory, obligatory statements expressing “concern,” then go right back to fueling the attacks. This weekend, as Pindosi attention was devoted almost exclusively to Donald Trump, one of the most revolting massacres took place. On Saturday, warplanes attacked a funeral gathering in Sana, repeatedly bombing the hall where it took place, killing over 100 people and wounding more than 500 (see photo above). This video shows just some of the destruction and carnage:
Toad boxtops first lied by trying to blame “other causes”, but have since walked that back. The next time someone who identifies with the Muslim world attacks Pindosi or British citizens, and those countries’ leading political voices answer the question “why o why do they hate us?” by assuring everyone that “they hate us for our freedoms,” it would be instructive to watch that video. The Obama White House, through NSC spox N Price, lamely warned:
Following a troubling series of attacks striking Yemeni civilians, we have initiated an immediate review of our already significantly reduced support to the Toads and are prepared to adjust our support so as to better align with Pindosi principles, values and interests, including achieving an immediate and durable end to Yemen’s tragic conflict. Pindosi security cooperation with the Toads is not a blank check.
That is exactly what it is. As the NYT put it this morning:
The 18 months of bombing supported by Pindoistan & Britain has largely failed, while reports of civilian deaths have grown common, and much of the country is on the brink of famine.
It has been known from the start that the Toad bombing campaign was indiscriminate and reckless, and yet Obama and the British government continued to play central roles. A UN report obtained in January by the Guardian “uncovered ‘widespread and systematic’ attacks on civilian targets in violation of international humanitarian law.” The report found:
The coalition had conducted airstrikes targeting civilians and civilian objects, in violation of international humanitarian law, including camps for internally displaced persons and refugees; civilian gatherings, including weddings; civilian vehicles, including buses; civilian residential areas; medical facilities; schools; mosques; markets, factories and food storage warehouses; and other essential civilian infrastructure.
But what was not known until an excellent Reuters report by Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landay this morning, is that Obama was explicitly warned not only that the Toads were committing war crimes, but that Pindostan itself could be legally regarded as complicit in them:
The Obama administration went ahead with a $1.3b arms sale to the Toads last year despite warnings from some boxtops that Pindostan could be implicated in war crimes for supporting the Toad air campaign in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians, according to government documents and the accounts of current and former officials. State Dept boxtops also were privately skeptical of the Toad military’s ability to target Houthi militants without killing civilians and destroying “critical infrastructure” needed for Yemen to recover, according to the emails and other records obtained by Reuters and interviews with nearly a dozen officials with knowledge of those discussions.
In other words, the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner was explicitly advised that he might be a collaborator in war crimes by arming a campaign that deliberately targets civilians, and continued to provide record-breaking amounts of arms to aid their prosecution. None of that should be surprising. It would be difficult for Obama to condemn “double-tap” strikes of the kind the Toads just perpetrated, where first responders or mourners are targeted, given that he himself has used that tactic. The British blocked EU inquiries into whether war crimes were being committed in Yemen, while key MPs have blocked reports proving that British weapons were being used in the commission of war crimes and the deliberate targeting of civilians. Pindostan & Britain are the two leading countries when it comes to cynically exploiting human rights concerns and the laws of war to attack their adversaries. They and their leading columnists love to issue pretty, self-righteous speeches about how other nations, those primitive, evil ones over there, target civilians and commit war crimes. Yet here they both are, standing firmly behind one of the planet’s most brutal and repressive regimes, arming it to the teeth with the full and undeniable knowledge that they are enabling massacres that recklessly and in many cases deliberately target civilians. Bruce Riedel, a 30-year CIA officer now at Brookings, said in April:
If Pindostan & Britain told King Salman tonight, “This war has to end,” it would end tomorrow. The Royal Saudi Air Force cannot operate without Pindosi and British support.
And these 18 months of atrocities have barely merited a mention in the Pindosi election, despite the key role that Hillary Clinton has played in arming the Toads, to say nothing of the millions of dollars her family’s foundation has received from its regime. Donald Trump has barely uttered a word about the issue, and himself has received millions in profits from various Toads. One reason that Pindosi and British political and media elites love to wax eloquent when condemning the brutality of the enemies of their own government is because doing so advances tribal, nationalistic ends. It’s a strategy for weakening adversaries while strengthening their own governments. But at least as significant a motive is that issuing such condemnations distracts attention from their own war crimes and massacres, the ones they are enabling and supporting. There are some nations on the planet with credibility to condemn war crimes and the deliberate targeting of civilians. The two countries who have spent close to two years arming the Toads in their ongoing slaughter of Yemeni civilians are most certainly not among them.
Photos Show Fragments of Pindo Bombs at Site of Yemen Funeral Masssacre
Alex Emmons, Intercept, Oct 10 2016
Fragments of what appear to be Pindostan-made bombs have been found at the scene of one of the most horrific civilian massacres of the Toads’ 18-month air campaign in Yemen. On Saturday, they bombed a community hall in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital city, where thousands of people had gathered for a funeral for Sheikh Ali al-Rawishan, the father of the rebel-appointed interior minister. The aircraft struck the hall four times, killing more than 140 people and wounding 525. One local health official described the aftermath as “a lake of blood.” Multiple bomb fragments at the scene appear to confirm the use of Pindostan-produced MK-82 guided bombs. One fragment, posted in a picture on the Facebook page of a prominent Yemeni lawyer, says “FOR USE ON MK-82 FIN, GUIDED BOMB.”
ITV News correspondent Neil Connery visited the site shortly after the attack, and found a similar bomb fragment. Connery said he was told by a Yemeni boxtop that it appeared to be a MK-82 bomb.
Yemen war intensifies following Toad bombing of funeral
Peter Symonds, WSWS, Oct 11 2016
The conflict in Yemen is escalating following the criminal strikes by Toad war planes on Saturday on a packed funeral hall that killed at least 140 civilians and wounded more than 500. The attack has provoked widespread outrage in the capital of Sanaa, not only against the Toads and their Gulf State allies that have intervened aggressively in the country’s civil war, but also against its backers: Pindostan, Britain and France. The Toad aircraft targeted the funeral of Sheikh Ali al-Rawishan, the father of Galal al-Rawishan, the interior minister in the Houthi-rebel led government in Sanaa. The interior minister and other political figures were among the dead and wounded. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets on Sanaa on Sunday to condemn the strikes. Ferea al-Muslimi, an analyst at the Sanaa Centre for Strategic Studies, told Reuters:
Despite all the massacres that have happened in this war, attacking a funeral is unprecedented and crosses a major red line in Yemeni culture. The air strikes killed powerful people, and their tribes and families will be drawn closer to the Houthis as they all try to retaliate.
The Toads hasve denied responsibility, but their disavowal lacks any credibility as the war planes of the Toad-led coalition are the only ones flying over Yemen. The Toad air force has carried out thousands of sorties over Yemen in a bid to oust the Houthi rebels and their ally ex-Pres Saleh from Sanaa and is responsible for numerous atrocities. Most recently, Toad aircraft attacked a hospital run by MSF in August, killing or wounding at least 30 people. The Toad attack threatens to widen the war not only in Yemen but by drawing in other countries, including Pindostan, more directly. In a televised statement, Abd’ul-Malek al-Houthi said he had evidence that the Toads were responsible for the air strikes, adding:
The Toad war crimes in Yemen have been committed with the Pindosi green light.
Yesterday, the Pindo navy said that two missiles had been fired from “Houthi-controlled territory” in the direction of one of its warships, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason operating off Yemen in the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait. The missiles missed the Pindosi destroyer and Houthi officials denied responsibility for the attack. The USS Mason is part of a three-ship deployment armed with cruise missiles and carrying Pindo SOF. Toad boxtops claimed yesterday that their forces destroyed two ballistic missiles fired by Houthi militia, one at a military base in Taif and the second at Marib in central Yemen, held by the Houthi’s opponents loyal to ex-Pres Hadi. Ban Ki-Moon yesterday condemned the Toad air strikes in Yemen on Saturday and called for an international inquiry into whether the attack constituted a war crime. He dismissed the denials of the Toads, saying:
Aerial attacks by the Toad-led coalition have already caused immense carnage and destroyed much of the country’s medical facilities and other vital civilian infrastructure. Excuses ring hollow given the pattern of violence throughout the conflict. Despite mounting crimes by all parties to the conflict, we have yet to see the results of any credible investigations. This latest horrific incident demands a full inquiry.
However, as Ban is well aware, no serious international investigation will take place, not least because an examination of the role of the Toads would also highlight the involvement of Pindostan and its vassals. Pindostan is not only selling billions of dollars worth of precision-guided bombs and other military hardware to the Toads, but also supporting the air war in Yemen with intelligence, targeting data and aerial refuelling. The Pentagon has deployed military personnel to coordinate with their Toad counterparts and sent SOF teams into Yemen to assist in Toad operations. In all likelihood, Pindostan knew of and possibly even planned last weekend’s air strikes on Sanaa. Pindo boxtops and the media have sought both to downplay and distance Faschingstein from the latest Toad war crime. According to the US State Dept, Jackass Kerry rang Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Sunday to express “deep concern” over the attack. He urged them to “take urgent steps to ensure such an incident doesn’t happen again.” Faschingstein’s muted response to the latest atrocity by the Toads is another glaring example of gross hypocrisy as Pindostan ratchets up its war of words against Russia over its alleged attacks on civilians in Syria. Just last Friday, Jackass launched another tirade, calling for “an appropriate investigation of war crimes” and declaring:
This is a targeted strategy to terrorise civilians and to kill anyone who is in the way of their military objectives.
The reckless Pindosi actions in both Syria and Yemen, as well as Pindostan’s renewed war in Iraq, are creating a maelstrom of regional rivalry that threatens to engulf the entire Middle East and draw the major powers into direct conflict.